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AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit 2018

SelfAdvocacy2018LogoWEBSept. 22, 2018
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

The first annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit presented by Anime Twin Cities will take place Sept. 22, 2018 and will include a keynote presentation and nine breakout sessions featuring topics including mental health, executive functioning, sensory needs, employment, relationships, and more. This event is for adults with autism by adults with autism. In addition to gathering wisdom from life experiences by adults on the spectrum, collect resources from the AuSM Bookstore, network with peers, and visit with vendors who support adults on the spectrum. Click here to view the event brochure.


University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis Campus
Schultze Hall
46 S 11th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

AnimeTClogoThank you to Anime Twin Cities for sponsoring this important event for our community. AuSM is seeking additional sponsors to help make this event for our local autism community a huge success. Click here for AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit sponsorship opportunities.


Overall Sponsor:  Anime Twin Cities
Break Sponsor/Exhibitor: Minnesota Independence College & Community
Exhibitor:  FIND Network

Detailed Event Expectations

Event Schedule, Session Descriptions, Speaker Bios

Who should attend?
This event is tailored for all individuals on the autism spectrum. For individuals who need more support, we welcome PCAs at a reduced rate. Much of the content will assume some familiarity with the autism diagnosis and the ability to follow verbal language, however some sessions will be noted as “beginner” to help indicate that they are more accessible to all levels. 

Happy Hour Details 
3:15-4:15 p.m. at The Newsroom
AuSM will have a space reserved. You are welcome to join us and purchase food or beverages. The happy hour is an opportunity for you to connect with other participants in a more social environment, discuss the ideas you hear during the summit, and meet some of the speakers.

Participant Survey
We value your suggestions on making this a great inaugural AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit. Please let us know your expectations and requirements by taking this short survey: https://fourthquarter.wufoo.com/forms/p1lvgeow1e9tu8r/.

Event Parking and Bus Routes 
Click here for parking information.  
The AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit will be in building 3. You can park in the purple marked 5. Limited street parking will be available.

The following Metro Transit bus routes stop near the event location: 4, 6, 9, 12, 643, 762. You can also take the light rail, although you will have to walk approximately half a mile. Check MetroTransit.org to find a route, or click here for details.


AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition 2019

2019PuzzleWEBSave the date for the 2019 AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition!
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Mall of America Rotunda!







First annual jigsaw puzzle competition a success

The AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition 2018 at the Mall of America was an amazing opportunity for puzzling, laughter, and coming together to support our local autism community. Thank you to our volunteers who helped make the event flow smoothly and to the participants who worked diligently to create some fantastic puzzles. And we are very grateful to our sponsors who made this event possible and who offered support throughout the day: Mall of America; Thrivent Financial; Sony Pictures Classics; Puzzletwist; Games by James; CyBick Productions; Workhorse Photography; Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau; Grafix Shoppe; Five Below; and Alex & Ani. Cheers to all of the Adult Division and Family Division teams who competed. You are AuSM!

Thank you, 2018 Sponsors!

Venue Sponsor
Mall of America

Puzzles Sponsor

Adult Division Sponsor
Sony Pictures Classics - "Puzzle" Film

Family Division Sponsor
Thrivent Financial

Workhorse Photography

Additional Sponsors
Air Traffic
Alex and Ani
Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau
CyBick Productions
Games by James 
Grafix Shoppe
Puzzle Twist

Mall of America Stores - Special Promotions
Five Below


AuSM Swing Fling 2018

SwingFling2018WEBTuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

Landmark Center
75 W. 5th St.
St Paul, MN 55102

6-10:30 p.m.

Join us for this swing dance party! Kick off the evening with an all-abilities dance lesson and demo and then cut a rug to the sounds of the Roseville Big Band. Register for our dance competition or social dance the night away.

If all of this dancing makes you hungry, the Foxy Falafel food truck will be parked on 5th St. just outside of the Landmark Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Individual, Regular Registration: $20 ($25 at the door)
Individual with ASD/Student Registration: $15 ($20 at the door)
Dance Contest Entry: $10

Participants under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.


Dance Contest Details
Follow the Leader is a format of competition in partner dancing, where the competing couples are the result of random matching of leaders and followers. If you register, we'll pair you with a partner, throw on some music, and watch you dance. After the prelims, there will be more social dancing and we'll run a finals round at the end of the evening. Cost to participate in the contest: $10 per person.

Event Schedule
6 p.m. - Doors Open/Cocktail Hour/Midwest Sound plays music/open dance
7-7:30 p.m. - Twin Cities Swing Dance Lesson for all levels
7:30-8:15 p.m. – Roseville Big Band First Set
8:15-8:30 p.m. – Rhythm & Swing Dance Demo
8:30-9:15 p.m. – Roseville Big Band Second Set and First Round Dance Competition
9:15-9:30 p.m. – U of M Ballroom Dance Club Competition Team Dance Demo
9:30-10 p.m. – Roseville Big Band Last Set and Final Round Dance Competition
10-10:30 p.m. – Final Announcements/Prizes

Sponsor AuSM Swing Fling 2018
AuSM invites you to cut a rug in support of the 1 in 42 who are affected by autism in our state. Support the local autism community and reach the focused and fun AuSM Swing Fling crowd with your business message by becoming a sponsor of this exciting event. Sponsors receive awesome benefits including advertising, table cards, program recognition, stage mentions, social media highlights, and much more. AuSM Swing Fling proceeds support AuSM’s valuable resources, life-changing programs, and much needed services for individuals, families, caregivers, educators, therapy professionals, and more. Get the most value from your sponsor dollars today by becoming an AuSM Swing Fling sponsor today. Click here for more information.

Thank you, AuSM Swing Fling Sponsors!

Cherokee Tavern
Foxy Falafel
Kane’s Catering
Midwest Sound
Miss Shannan Paul
Rhythm & Swing
Roseville Big Band

TC Swing
University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club


AuSM Events & Fundraisers


camride2016webAuSM events and fundraisers bring the Minnesota autism community together for education, networking, and fun. Events range from the Annual Minnesota Autism Conference to sensory-friendly days with community partners to our largest annual fundraiser, Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota. Events and fundraisers offer families, caregivers, educators, other professionals, and individuals with autism a safe, comfortable place to be a part of the community and support AuSM’s programs and services. Money raised for AuSM stays local to support those affected by autism.

AuSM is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that unite to raise money for those touched by autism spectrum disorder. Money raised for AuSM supports programs and services for individuals with ASD in Minnesota. Click here if you or your organization is interested in creating a fundraiser for AuSM.

AuSM Events Quick Links

Navigating MSP Airport (Monthly)

AuSM Fundraising Quick Links

Fundraising for AuSM
AuSM Golf Classic 2018
Swing Fling 2018
Give to the Max Day 2018
Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota
AuSM Golf Classic
Amazon Smile

Autism Community Events Quick Link

Uniting the Community Events